Object  Ngc 300

Ngc 300  is a 9th magnitude spiral galaxy (sc type) located in the Sculptor group of galaxies, in the constellation of Sculptor. It's estimated distance is around 7 million L.y. It has a very low surface brightness. Originally discovered from Australia by the Scottish astronomer James Dunlop in the early 19th century, NGC 300 is one of the closest and most prominent spiral galaxies in the southern skies and is bright enough to view easily through binoculars.
Many galaxies generally have some  peculiarity, but NGC 300 appears to be quite normal. Making it an ideal target for astronomers studying the structure and content of spiral galaxies such as our own.

Date Lum- 27 / 08/ & 22/09/11  & RGB  31 / 08/ & 20/09/11
Location BayTop Observatory- Streaky Bay South Australia
Instrument Home built 10" Newtonian (Bob Royce primary) and an Antares 1/20th wave secondary with Televue Paracorr coma corrector. System working @ f4.6 (native F4/ 1016 FL)  1.315 arcsec/pixel- FOV  aprox 44.6x44.6
Mount Celestron CI700 controlled by the SiTech servo Goto Control System with Pittman 8000 series motors. Pulley and belt system
Camera (CCD) Starlight Xpress SXVR-H16 monochrome with Starlight Xpress USB filter wheel.
Exposures L: 371' R: 84' G: 84 B: 84'  [10.38hours- 7min sub exposures all unbinned)     Flat field and bias frames subtracted.
Guiding   SX OAG with a Starlight Xpress Lodestar guide cam.
Filters Astronomik typeII anti halo L (clear) RGB 2" filter set
Notes/ Conditions

 Conditions- Average seeing and transparency when taking the lum on both nights. When taking the colour set, the evening was also average. This galaxy is extremely faint and to better resolve the core, larger apertures, super dark skies and far more exposure time than used hear would bring out and resolve the fainter stars that appear as smudges in my image.